Personal-use firewood permits for sale

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Story by Kevin S. Abel
Dixie National Forest Public Affairs Officer

CEDAR CITY, Utah — The Dixie National Forest is offering firewood cutting permits for the 2022 firewood season ending December 31, 2022 at a cost of $5 per cord, with a minimum purchase of $20 and a maximum purchase of 12 cords per household.

“The Dixie National Forest has a lot of dead and down trees as well as small-diameter trees that firewood cutters help us remove. This improves overall forest health and reduces the threat of severe wildfire,” Kevin Wright, Dixie National Forest Supervisor said. “We ask that anyone who gathers firewood to always get a permit for any wood removed, this will help us continue to provide opportunities for firewood collection across the forest.”

Besides the paid, personal-use firewood permits, free-use permits are available for Pine Valley Ranger District. Individuals seeking such permits should check with the Public Information Center located at 345 E Riverside Dr, St. George for availability, locations, and other information. “We have free-use permits available in the areas we intend to treat pinyon and juniper in the future. Reducing the amount of vegetation that is there now will help reduce the depth of mulch post-treatment, and therefore foster a better vegetative response,” said Nicholas Glidden, Pine Valley District Ranger.

Those interested in free-use permits are also encouraged to check in periodically with the appropriate ranger district office throughout the firewood season, as additional free-use areas may be opened for public use.

Firewood cutting permits can be purchased at the following locations and during the specified hours Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays:

Pine Valley Ranger District: - Permits can be purchased at the Public Information Center located at 345 E Riverside Dr, St. George, UT 84790, (435) 688-3200 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cedar City Ranger District: - Permits can be purchased at the Cedar City Ranger District office located at 820 N Main St., Cedar City, UT 84721, (435) 865-3700, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Powell Ranger District: - Permits can be purchased at the Powell Ranger District office, 225 East Center Street, Panguitch, Utah, (435) 676-9300, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Escalante Ranger District: - Permits can be purchased at Escalante Interagency Visitor Center, 755 W Main St, Escalante, UT 84726, (435) 826-5499, Thursday through Monday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It is important that a permit be acquired even for free-use areas. By tracking public demand for the various kinds of permits, the amount of wood removed, and other factors, forest managers are better able to plan and provide more opportunities for accessing these important resources.

While the forest has been utilizing timber sale contracts, stewardship agreements, and our fire and fuels staff, firewood gathering remains an effective tool in reducing hazardous fuel loading. Wright added, “This is a win-win for everyone. We hope to encourage more folks to get out and their public lands, while helping us reduce hazardous fuels on the forest.”

All permits issued by the Dixie National Forest will include a map and detailed cutting regulations as well as load tags, which must be physically attached to each ¼ cord of firewood and visible from the rear of the vehicle. The goal of this load tagging system is to ensure accountability for the wood removed from the forest and to assist in planning for future firewood cutting areas to meet public need and forest restoration objectives.

The removal of firewood is permitted across the entire forest, but certain areas prohibit fuelwood cutting. The public must follow the regulations for each district and only harvest firewood where allowed and shown on the permit map.

Firewood cutters are reminded to take note of property boundaries and cut only on National Forest System Lands.

Motor vehicle travel off designated system roads for the purpose of firewood gathering is limited to 150 feet unless otherwise designated by map. An individual may collect beyond the 150-foot area but cannot drive a motorized vehicle to the collection site.

Detailed firewood cutting information and maps for each ranger district is available on the Dixie National Forest website at https://go.usa.gov/xefCX.